ORGANISERS of Unity in the City are pleased with the concert’s staging held at the National Stadium in Kingston on Easter Monday.
“It’s just awesome to see what God has done. I know that I don’t have it in my power to unite anybody, so it has to be a move of God. And to see so many persons come out for it, we know it’s really a transformation in Jamaica and in gospel, so I’m happy,” Anoinette Ennis of SWOT Business Solutions told the Jamaica Observer.
Ennis said the event met its core objectives.
“We created this atmosphere for unity and to transform lives, based on what is going on with the crime and violence. We are coming together for a cause,” she said.
Unity in the City boasted a bevy of top gospel acts, who all lived up to the billing. DJ Nicholas, Kevin Downswell, Jermaine Edwards, Israel Houghton, JJ Hairston, and Travis Greene, who all performed at last year’s inaugural staging, gave a great showing for the massive crowd which turned up. Some patrons removed their shoes to dance in the stadium’s in-field grass and on the track.
Testimonies were given by some acts, and these hit home given the shouts of “Hallelujah” and applause from the audience.
Greene’s wife, Jackie, told the crowd that doctors advised them to terminate her pregnancy at 21 weeks.
“My son, in two months, will be four years old when the doctor said my baby wouldn’t make it. God is still in the resurrection business; he will make a way,” she told the gathering.
Her husband did not forget the focus of the show, and touched on the issue of crime plaguing the nation.
“Jamaica is one of my favourite places. I heard there is some trouble in Jamaica, but I’m so happy we serve a God that can fix any problem,” said Greene.
Among the songs he performed were Made a Way, See the Light and a reggae remix of Intentional.
DJ Nicholas did favourites like Back to the Owner and Bible Addict. But he also ministered about how God saved him from a life of mischief and purposeless.
High-energy sets also came from Downswell and Edwards. Downswell performed tracks including If It’s Not You, Already Done and All the Way. The vibrant sound of new gospel continued with Edwards who sang favourites like Nah Bow, Beautiful Day and Hallelujah.
Americans Houghton and Hairston kept the crowd moving in the non-stop praise fest. Houghton and his New Breed band delivered hits songs including Here I Am to Worship, Trading my Sorrows and I Am Not Forgotten. Hairston and his Youthful Praise choir made souls sway with songs like Great Is Our God, You Deserve It and Great and Mighty God.
Body guards followed international acts as they went closer to the crowd, which some patrons questioned given the nature of the event.
Special appearances were also made by comedians Ity and Blakka Ellis, Mr Handsome and Zazan and singers Rondell Positive and Chevelle Franklin.
By: Kevin Jackson